Metacognition: new developments and challenges

Metacognition: new developments and challenges
23 June 2021, 1.00pm - 25 June 2021, 6.00pm
Conference / Symposium
Online Event

*The conference will be a solely online event, further details will be announced soon*

We have made the decision to run the conference as a solely online event. We received a large number of excellent submissions, the vast majority of which were from people wanting to take part remotely. In addition, it now seems likely that a final decision about restrictions in the UK after 21st June will not be announced until shortly before then. 

In recent years the scope of metacognition has expanded. Metacognitive processes seem to be involved in practically all cognitive faculties: perception, action, memory, learning, decision making, and conceptual thought are some examples. It encompasses many cases where metacognition operates without the person engaging in deliberate monitoring or control. Evidence for metacognition also extends to pre-verbal infants and non-human animals. But are there fundamentally different types of metacognition involved in different cases? And how should we capture the distinction: procedural vs. analytic, experience-based vs. information-based, implicit vs. explicit, core vs. late-developing, or some other way?

We are hoping to replicate online as much of as we can of the interactivity of an in-person conference. As well as a virtual poster session, there will be an online conference foyer open throughout for participants to meet informally, and a virtual 'drinks' event.  Please see the details below. 

You can register by clicking the 'Book Now' button at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday 23rd June

Afternoon session: 2.00pm - 4.30pm - Contributed talks

2.00-2.20                 Giacomo Melis, “Epistemic higher-order thinking and non-metarepresentational metacognition”

2.20-2.40                 John Joseph Dorsch, “The Case for Embodied Metacognition Between Evaluative and Metarepresentational Accounts”

2.40-3.00pm            Oriane Armand,Inferential metacognition of perceptual and value-based decisions”

3.00-3.30pm            Break

3.30-3.50                 Sunae Kim, “Relation between metacognition and mindreading in young children: Cross-cultural investigation”

3.50-4.10                 Kirsten H. Blakey et al., “Capacities for explicit metacognition may facilitate distinctively human cumulative culture”

4.10-4.30pm            Monika Derdra & Michał Wierzchoń,Disentangling the  component of conscious representation: questions and challenges”

Thursday 24th June

Morning session: 10.00am - 12.30pm - Invited Talks

10.00-10.45am         Louise Goupil (University of East London) “Core and situated metacognition”

10.45-11.00am         Break

11.00-11.45am         Ophélia Deroy (University of Munich) “Confidence as a communicative emotion”

11.45am-12.00pm    Break

12.00-12.30pm         Panel session:  Louise Goupil and Ophélia Deroy

Afternoon session: 2.00 - 4.30 pm - Poster Session and Invited Talks

2.00-2.40pm             Online poster session: session A

2.40-2.45                  Break

2.45-3.25pm             Online poster session: session B

3.25-3.30pm             Break

3.30-4.15pm             Alex Rosati (University of Michigan) “The primate roots of human metacognition”

4.15-4.30pm             Panel session: Alex Rosati and invited speakers

Friday 25th June

Morning session: 10.00am - 12.30pm – Invited Talks

10.00-10.45am         Josef Perner (University of Salzburg) “Do identity statements require metacognition?”

10.45-11.00am         Break

11.00-11.45am         Joëlle Proust (CNRS) “Evidence for the dual role of feelings and attitudes in metacognitive awareness: educational implications”

11.45am-12.00pm    Break

12.00-12.30pm         Panel session: Josef Perner and Joëlle Proust

Afternoon session: 2.00 - 4.30 pm – Invited Talks

2.00-2.45pm            Steve Fleming (UCL) “Neural and computational components of confidence”

2.45-3.00pm            Break

3.00-3.45pm            John Morrison (Barnard College, Columbia University) “Probabilities in perception, probabilities about perception”

3.45-4.00pm            Break

4.00-4.30pm            Panel session: Steve Fleming and John Morrison

5.00pm onwards      Virtual drinks                                    

For enquires about the conference please get in touch with Eloise Rowley

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No. 681422. For further information about the ‘Metacognition of Concepts’ project, see the project’s website: 



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